Waiting for Shea

Jeff Angus
November 09 2011 08:57AM


Do the Canucks have a legitimate shot at landing Shea Weber? Jeff Angus takes a closer look!

How many franchise defensemen are there in the league right now? I count five (Zdeno Chara, Nick Lidstrom, Duncan Keith, Shea Weber, and Chris Pronger). There are a few more right on the cusp, like Drew Doughty, Keith Yandle, and Kris Letang. Each of the 30 NHL clubs carries anywhere from six to eight defensemen, meaning there are approximately 200-220 defensemen in the NHL at any given time. Less than three percent of the total defensemen are by my definition "franchise material" at this moment in time. How I would define these players in the top talent bracket:

  • Able to contribute offensively at even strength and on the power play
  • Steady defensively, consistently playing tough minutes in different situations
  • Often make those around them much more successful
  • Physicality is a plus, but not a requirement

In recent years, teams have been rewarded for paying a premium to land one of the above franchise defensemen. Boston paid handsomely for free agent Zdeno Chara back in 2007, and they were Stanley Cup champs four years later. Edmonton, Anaheim, and Philadelphia all went to the Cup Final soon after acquiring Pronger. Keith was the best player on Chicago during their Cup winning season. Lidstrom’s track record speaks for itself. Weber has been a rock on every team he has played on – Kelowna, internationally for Canada, and now in Nashville.

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Headshots November 8th

Thomas Drance
November 08 2011 03:07PM


Sick method Dale! Kudos to Harrison Mooney on these photoshops.

Headshots are a Canucksarmy feature where we link to the days freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, made a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Scoring Chances, Vigneault and the Canucks New Lines

Thomas Drance
November 08 2011 02:07PM

Ever since Alain Vigneault derided the value of the plus/minus statistic, and admitted to the Vancouver media that the team tracks an in-house micro-stat similar in spirit to the scoring chances Cam Charron and I count at this site and at Nucksmisconduct, I've become obsessed. 

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NHLNumbers Podcast: Episode I

NHLnumbers Podcast
November 07 2011 08:54PM

 

 

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the NHLNumbers podcast. As the Nations crack tech team gear up to relaunch our salary/stats site, Jonathan Willis and I decided to get together to talk "new" stats at length and to record some of those conversations. In a radio studio. With guests. Today we debut the first of perhaps many such conversations.

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Headshots November 7th

Thomas Drance
November 07 2011 04:08PM


The Stanchion continues the Smylosphere tradition of photoshopping hockey jump kicks into Street Fighter.

Headshots are a Canucksarmy feature where we link to the days freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, made a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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